The Athletic recently named the best offseason move for each NFL team and they chose a move for the Tennessee Titans that’s become more important as the offseason has progressed.
Tennessee’s decision to trade a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for wide receiver Robert Woods was the Titans’ best offseason move, according to The Athletic’s Joe Rexrode.
Signing Robert Woods. At that point, it looked like Woods could be the “Robin” to A.J. Brown’s “Batman” that Julio Jones couldn’t be in 2021 (and remember, some thought Jones might still be Batman when the season started). Then the Titans made the stunning decision to trade Brown to the Eagles on draft night and pick Treylon Burks at No. 18 to replace him, and Woods vaulted to headliner status. It remains to be seen if Woods is up to that role, but his ACL rehab is ahead of schedule and he looked fast and sudden in the Titans’ spring sessions. He also immediately made a strong, positive impression on folks in the building.
I thought trading for Woods was a great move when this deal went down back in March. A sixth-round pick isn’t much to give up for a quality wide receiver. And Woods, despite the fact he’s returning from a torn ACL he suffered last season, is certainly a quality NFL wide receiver.
Woods is only a couple of years removed from back-to-back seasons with over 1,100 receiving yards. And he was on pace for 1,055 yards last season before he suffered his ACL injury.
The deal to acquire Woods has become even more important in recent months. AJ Brown is no longer on the roster after being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. And rookie Treylon Burks, the expected replacement for Brown, has struggled with asthma issues during minicamp. I don’t think those issues will hamper his NFL career, but it’s definitely something worth keeping an eye on as the offseason progresses.
Woods has a legitimate opportunity to lead the Titas in receiving yards in 2022. If that ends up being the case, then this trade will look like an absolute steal for Tennessee.
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